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CHAPTER FOUR: 1990s: The surfeit of fascist jouissance

Vadolas, Antonios Karnac Books ePub

The Lacanian perspective

So far, the exploratory spectrum of this study provided a retrospective and comprehensive scrutiny of various discursive arguments about fascism and its links to perversion. In recent theoretical literature, Slavoj Zizek and Juliet Flower MacCannell drew on Lacanian psychoanalysis as a critical medium for dissecting postmodern theoretical currents or lifestyles, as well as modernist considerations. For these authors, postmodernism does not really break the tradition of modernity, but, on the contrary, it follows its pathway. None the less, postmodernism denounces modernity's most essential tool: the supremacy of critical reason. Both scholars treated issues related to fascism in a meticulous and fertile implementation of Lacanian concepts. Yet, despite their erudite appeal, the readings of Zizek and MacCannell on fascist politics have recourse to the psychoanalytic knowledge on perversion, which is far from being unproblematic. Even if perversion has something to say about fascism, what does fascism have to say about the category of perversion? The mystification regarding the relation of the two notions remains unresolved.

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A Special Kind of Fool

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

Bill Fink is a freelance writer based in San Francisco. He is a regular contributor to the San Francisco Chronicle and a variety of regional and international publications. More of his true tales of stupidity can be seen at www.geocities.com/billfink2004. He is currently working on a book about his year of basketball-themed misadventures in the Philippines entitled Dunked in Manila.

According to a Japanese saying, there are two kinds of fools: those who have never climbed Mt Fuji, and those who have climbed it more than once.

I didn’t want to be either kind of fool, so I decided to climb the mountain once, and to do it right.

As a college exchange student in Japan, I had been studying the language for six months. So I was able to translate – a little – when I saw a Japanese TV segment showing jolly people climbing gentle, well-marked paths up the mountain: ‘Something-something-something Mt Fuji something-something walking something-something this spring.’

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Chapter 3 Accept the Alien

Kahnweiler, Jennifer B. Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

“Accept that your partner is a pain in the ass. Accept that you are a pain in the ass, so the two of you are made for each other. Accept that what makes you furious about your partner is wrapped up with what excites you. What you most love and what drives you crazy is the same thing. Just on a bad hair day.” 6

—Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two

Accept the Alien: You can’t change your opposite, but you can understand them. Once you are able to accept this fact, you are in for much less stress.

Anthony Morris and Errol la Grange run a growing online training organization in Melbourne, Australia. These opposites’ creative ideas explode like popcorn.

Anthony is a thoughtful and mild-mannered introvert who sent me fully thought-out responses to my questions about their partnership. Errol is a smiling extrovert who shows up in daily Facebook posts, meeting people around the world. He thrives on going to coffee shops and chatting with just about anyone. Their complementary differences showed up when I met them both for the first time. Anthony wore what he called his “good ole brown pull-on shoes” purchased from a local shoe store, and Errol stood out in his turquoise cowboy boots from San Francisco, making for a great conversation starter.

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Human Respiration/Excretion: AP Biology

Ace Academics Ace Academics ePub
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Chapter Two - Borges, Lacan, Poetry, Time

Izcovich, Luis Karnac Books ePub

From full speech to prose

Jorge Luis Borges and Lacan never met although they were born one year apart and their work covers much of the twentieth century. An Argentinian writer, Borges was never interested in psychoanalysis; he even equated it with science fiction. Lacan, a French psychoanalyst, never went to Argentina, and he did not make psychoanalysis into a science. Nevertheless, he introduced a new epistemic question: what would a science that includes psychoanalysis look like? Even though their positions appear to be very divergent, I think that there is a place where Borges and Lacan meet; it is situated at the level of poetry.

This is not just about a point of agreement, nor is it a matter of taste, for that is always singular. Their point of convergence is in poetry's capacity to shed light on what language is. In order to approach this, I will try to show how Borges's poetry illuminates the new perspective that Lacan introduces into psychoanalysis, one that involves time. Indeed, if the Freudian thesis is that the unconscious does not know time, thereby excluding it, how can the action of the psychoanalyst situate what does not exist? Despite Borges's comment on psychoanalysis, we will make use of what he says and writes about time in order to show how the analytic operation involves time in a non-arbitrary way. In this sense, it is Borges who instructs psychoanalysis.

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Inner West

Lonely Planet Lonely Planet ePub

The Inner West is a sociological stew of students, goths, urban hippies, artists, Indigenous Australians, Mediterranean immigrants and sexual subculturalists. Newtown shadows King St, lined with interesting boutiques, bookshops, yoga studios, cafes and an inordinate number of Thai restaurants. It’s definitely climbing the social rungs, but Newtown is still free-thinking and bolshy. Glebe is similar, if a little quieter.

MBegin your day at the Powerhouse Museum, where there's more than enough to keep you occupied for most of the morning. Catch the light rail to the Jubilee stop and pay a quick visit to Sze Yup Temple before walking around Jubilee & Bicentennial Parks to Blackwattle Bay. If you feel like indulging, stop at the Boathouse on Blackwattle Bay for lunch.

RCatch a cab to the White Rabbit gallery, then hop up to Newtown where you can spend the remainder of the afternoon shopping on King St. Take a short detour down Church St to explore the cobwebby corners of Camperdown Cemetery.

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Chapter Seven - Drug Dreams and the Classic Psycho-Physiological Dream Research and Theory

Colace, Claudio Karnac Books ePub

It is widely known that for a long time the study of the role of motivations in dreaming processes has received, with rare exceptions, very little attention in the classic psycho-physiological dream research and theory (see, on this topic, Antrobus, 2001; Colace, 2010a; Smith et al., 2004). For example, in 1977, McCarley and Hobson suggested that REM sleep and dreaming are due to an automatic and cyclical brainstem neural mechanism and that, therefore, the underlying causal mechanism of dreaming is “motivationally neutral” (p. 1219). Later, in the 1980s, the psychological cognitive approach put great emphasis on the description of dream generation processes, by assuming that the issues of dream meaning and dream motivation could be temporarily omitted (e.g., Foulkes, 1985). This trend has reversed only recently, due to the results of functional neuroimaging and neuropsychological studies of dreaming that have shown how the forebrain areas, including the frontal and limbic structures involved in the individual's basic emotions and motivations, play a key role in dreams (Braun et al., 1997; Maquet et al., 1996; Nofzinger, Mintun, Wiseman, Kupfer, & Moore, 1997; Solms, 1997, 2000). However, many years before these results, several authors found the clear effects of biological drive frustration on dreams (i.e., “the biological drive frustration paradigm”), by emphasising the role of motivations in instigating the dream (i.e., Baldridge, 1966 and Baldridge, Whitman, Kramer, Ornstein, & Lansky, 1965; Bokert, 1968; for review, see Arkin & Antrobus, 1991; Colace, 2009b), but, unfortunately, these studies received little attention from the scientific community. This chapter highlights the ways in which drug dreams can offer a good methodological and conceptual dream framework for the study of the motivational determinants of dreaming and in support of the studies on the effects of biological drive frustration on dreams.

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Diana K. Schwam FrommerMedia ePub



New Orleans restaurant matriarch Miss Ella Brennan says that whereas in other places, one eats to live, “In New Orleans, we live to eat.” It’s hard to spoil such a big appetite.

Here, we don’t call a friend and ask, “How are you?” Instead, it’s either the colloquial “Where y’at?” or, more often, “What’re you eatin’?” Here, cuisine is community, cuisine is culture, cuisine is practically church (literally and figuratively—except for the fact that Church is church). Food forms the crucial threads of the city’s multicolored fabric: It weaves through the people, the music, the history, the parties, the traditions. A style of gumbo can define a neighborhood. A roux technique can unite (or divide) generations of families.

New Orleans’ has always been recognized by food lovers, but with the advent of the foodie movement, the restaurant scene has positively erupted, and the city is undeniably a foodie destination. At last count New Orleans had more than 1,400 restaurants, so there’s goodness in every direction and on every level: in centuries-old grande-dame restaurants and the corner po’ boy shops; in a gas station with shockingly good steam-table food; and in the sleek bistro of a brash, upstart culinary-school grad fusing Grandma’s recipes with unpronounceable techniques and ingredients. And that’s not even counting the many bars and nightclubs serving seriously stellar snacks. Or the much-anticipated restaurants that are about to open as we’re finishing this book, including Meril from Emeril Lagasse; John Besh’s retro glam Caribbean Room in the Pontchartrain Hotel; and Ted Brennan’s in the French Quarter.

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Chapter Fourteen: Adoption

Brafman, A.H. Karnac Books ePub

It is possible that not many readers expected to find this chapter in this book, and perhaps an explanation is called for.

I once saw Robert, a seven-year-old, who was presenting behaviour problems at school and also wetting his bed. His mother brought him to the consultation, together with two younger siblings, aged two and four. Mother explained that she had been unable to conceive and decided to adopt Robert. To her surprise, she found herself conceiving the two other children. But, as our consultation proceeded, she kept referring to Robert as adopted, until he suddenly broke down crying and said, “Do you really have to go on saying it so many times?”

I saw this episode as a dramatic and painful demonstration of how complex it is to gauge the issue of acceptance. Whatever led the mother to keep reminding me of Robert’s origins, the boy’s reaction demonstrated his struggles to see himself as no more than another one of her children, rather than someone whose origins had to be spelt out each time an opportunity arose.

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2 A Rapidly Changing Climate in an Era of Increasing Global Carbon Emissions

Jones, A.; Phillips, M. CABI PDF


A Rapidly Changing Climate in an Era of Increasing Global Carbon Emissions

C. Galdies*

Institute of Earth Systems, University of Malta, Malta


Humanity continues to blaze the path towards the increased extraction and burning of fossil fuels without a full understanding of its consequences. With seemingly no end to this finite resource, new drilling and increased extraction opportunities have brought the price of this commodity down. Meanwhile, current assessments on the impact of increased levels of CO2, which are primarily generated from the burning of such fuels, point towards the consequential effects of extreme natural events in light of heatwaves and droughts, heavy rainfall, floods and sea level rise on communities (IPCC, 2014). Climatologists highlight the urgent need to cut down drastically CO2 emissions in view of the longevity of airborne carbon present in the atmosphere (Archer, 2005) and have subsequently placed a red flag on the resulting persistence of the induced warming (Solomon et al., 2010) which can entrench inevitable and highly undesirable consequences.

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Maurice Hinson Indiana University Press ePub

Chinese Contemporary Piano Pieces (Karlsen Publishers, Hong Kong 1979). Vol.I, 88pp. Ah Ping: The Moon Mirrored in the Pool. Wang Chien Chung: Plum Blossom Melody; Sakura. Yip Wai Hong: Memories of Childhood (6 miniatures). Kwo Chi Hung: 2 Yi Li Folk Songs. Chu Wang Hua: Sinkiang Capriccio. Lui Shi Kuen and Kuo Chi Hung: Battling the Typhoon. Post-Romantic pianistic figurations, much pentatonic usage, some charming and interesting moments. This collection is a good example of the type of piano writing going on in this area of the world today. Int. to M-D.

Chinese Piano Music for Children (N. Liao—Schott 7652 1990) 55pp. Written between 1973 and 1986 when Chinese music “increasingly absorbed the influences and ideas current in the new music of the West, without sacrificing its own tradition and national style” (from the score). Luting He (1903–1999): The Young Shepherd with his little Flute 1934; tender, artistic simplicity, national style. Shande Ding (1911–1995): Suite for Children (five pieces) 1953: folk-like but no folk songs are quoted. Tong Shang (1923– ): Seven Little Pieces after Folk Songs from Inner Mongolia 1953: a charming suite of folk song arrangements. Lisan Wang (1953– ): Sonatine 1957: three titled movements, cheerful, displays spirited humor. Int. to M-D.

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Chapter 16: Lessons from Deliberate Leaders

Sugerman, Jeffrey Berrett-Koehler Publishers ePub

Deliberate leaders take a measured approach to their work. They’re not about the immediate payoff and making a big spectacle of themselves. Using logic and carefully designed systems, they take the time necessary to get things right. Whether you think of yourself as a Deliberate leader or quite the opposite, we’ll give you a good sense of this analytical approach. As we discussed in Chapter 2, the Deliberate Dimension is located in the southwestern area of the 8 Dimensions of Leadership Model, which means that these leaders tend to be cautious and reflective, as well as questioning and skeptical. We’ll explore some key qualities that Deliberate leaders have to offer.

Deliberate leaders want to create a sense of stability, to solve problems, and more than anything, to ensure accurate outcomes. They like to have a plan, and they’d much rather over-prepare than risk failure. Personal competency matters to them, and they want to be seen as having expertise in their field. Because they’re analytical leaders who communicate in a straightforward manner, they may have little patience for people who seem illogical or more interested in schmoozing than getting work done. They tend to be reserved, and when interacting with people socially, they often prefer intimate groups to large parties or professional networking opportunities.

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Couroucli-Robertson, Katerina; Robertson, Ian Karnac Books ePub

(local council office worker)

Toula was large in every way. She had a large head, almost top heavy, and a very thick neck that totally subsumed her chin, so that neck and chin were all one. She had a large chest, which gave her a rather manly appearance. She was wearing light colours and clothes that were fashionable but not altogether suitable for a woman of her age and size. They were designed to show off curves and svelte lines. Instead, they merely enhanced her well-padded body.

She was plain, almost exactly what one would expect of a civil servant who has given twenty-five years of her life to routine unstimulating desk work, dealing with people whose raison d’être is based on their right to complain about anything they feel is not up to standard, and no doubt the Municipality of Aghia Paraskevi, like most of the municipalities, gave them ample opportunities to grouch. Unlike her clothes, her hair paid no lip service to contemporary fashion. It was mousy in colour, a mass of short loose curls, reminiscent of the fifties and sixties corkscrews, when housewives of a certain age spent half their lives in curlers.

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A Reproach

Elizabeth Jennings Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF

And wide away from stress and mood?

In prayer and art we sometimes come

To time that tells space it is good.

Is this the spirit’s home?

A Reproach

‘If I believed what you do I would stay

For hours each morning and return each night’

So someone said to me, yet my thoughts stray

At Mass. My eyes drift toward the evening light

Perturbing that plain window-glass and then

I try once more to focus on the sight

Of Bread raised up and manage one ‘Amen’.

Owning imagination, why can’t I

Think of Calvary and the cruel men,

The women with no words, the men who vie

For careful, seamless cloth. I do not know.

Each week I make new resolutions, try

To think of one who made the sunset glow,

Modelled a loved face, whispered and the sea

Began to turn. I ought to be brought low

When I see Bread and Wine and can believe

They are the God-Man whom I pray to when

I want a trifling bonus for my life.

‘If I believed what you do I would go

To Mass each day … ’ The words upbraid me still.

I who find metaphors in which to show

My poems yet strain to make an act of will

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Gallas, John Carcanet Press Ltd. PDF

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